What are your priorities?
We've had enough
Members noted a further increase in HGV movements in North Farnham particularly on the Upper Hale Road after the survey on the 23rd of February 2021. This message was sent to Jeremy Hunt MP and the other members of the Farnham Board by one of our Members on the 13th of March
We’ve Had Enough
I fully support the effort by all involved in the Farnham Infrastructure Programme (FIP) in trying to make our lives better however, there is one aspect that seems to be falling on deaf ears and that is the recent huge increase in volume of Tipper and Skip lorries particularly in north Farnham and the Upper Hale Road (UHR).
Concerns were first raised to the FIP about this in early February after attending the Local Liaison Forums.
Subsequently, members of the North Farnham Voice group (NFV) carried out two surveys on 23.2.2021 at two locations, one was at the Collard waste handling site in Beacon Hill Road (B3013) just over the border in Hampshire and the second just to the west of the Folly Hill Traffic Lights (A3016). These surveys confirmed that on the day, there were some 212 vehicle movements in and out of the Collard site and that there were almost 300 at the Folly Hill location. The disparity transpired that other similar sites, Comley in Odiham (also in Hampshire), Earthline on the A31 west of Farnham to name but two of many are all using each others sites disposing or collecting differing ground materials and travelling to/from different locations.
The outcome of this survey was sent to members of the FIP for their comments to which the response was that the study undertaken by them was back in 2019 & 2020. This is now far out of date as Collards have increased capacity at their site and based on the survey date appear to be exceeding their Licence by at least four times. There has been a massive tree clearance at the site recently for further expansion? Why is this not setting off alarm bells?
Since the survey (23.2.2021) there now seems to have been a further increase in volume as massive 20 and 40 yard roll-on/roll-off vehicles are now evident obviously increasing the volume even more. On the UHR we are now getting approx 40 to 50 lorries per hour thundering past our houses. Most of these are exceeding the speed limit as they are obviously paid by the load.
I see little point in the suggested running of Speed Watch campaigns (in Castle Street) as this will not solve the problem It will only prove a point, for who’s ears?
The advice received back from the FIP that it is up to us as individuals to raise our concerns direct to the Environmental Agency and Hampshire County Council if we want to try and get something done. Why is it up to us and not our Councillors who represent us with our concerns to act on our behalf? What hope have we as individuals unless we get the support of the big guns?
The backing of North Farnham Voice group, The Farnham Society etc. would also help to back this up?
The proposed HGV through traffic ban will not stop this as the culprits will claim they require access. Clearly, if they are going to the new estate in Folly Hill this will be allowed but most are cutting through to the A31 and to where? Is this access? How will it be policed?
Our quality of life here on the Upper hale Road has been affected hugely with this blight as have many other roads in the area.
PLEASE we need the help of stronger voices to EA and HCC and we need it now before activities at these sites are allowed to expand further.
This response was received from Jeremy Hunt MP